Displacement and conflict

South Sudan gained its independence in 2011. The peace deal ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. Soon however, tensions flared up between different parties in South Sudan, culminating in another wave of civil war starting in December 2013. Subsequently, South Sudan has become one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

LWF South Sudan responds to the crisis through a multi-sectoral approach. In 2018, the country program supported 120,552 persons through child protection, livelihoods and food security, human rights, education and water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) projects, while offering emergency assistance.

As the 2018 peace agreement is tentatively holding, refugees have started to return to their home communities. In a regional approach together with LWF programs in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, LWF South Sudan works to facilitate a safe return and re-integration into their home communities.

What we’re doing in South Sudan

The program supports mainly:
• Sudanese refugees and their host communities in the former Upper Nile and Unity states
• Vulnerable local communities, IDPs, and returnees 

• Refugee youth selected from all refugee camps in South Sudan and some urban refugees in Juba for tertiary education scholarship.

South Sudan crisis

Education and child protection

Updated 14.1.2020

Help us make a difference in the lives of people in need in South Sudan and other places throughout the world.

ACT Alliance alert South Sudan floods (November 2019)

Funding partners include

ACT Alliance

ACT Church of Sweden

Australian Lutheran World Service


Brot für die Welt

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)


Lutherischer Weltbund-Deutsches Nationalkommittee




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